Health Services Research and Policy PhD Program


The University of Rochester’s doctoral program in health services research and policy is designed to produce researchers who generate knowledge and strategies used in solving healthcare problems.  The program entails both formal didactic and experience-based interactive phases of study: coursework and dissertation. The course curriculum focuses on two main goals: First, it focuses on developing skills in the use of research methods (e.g. study design, statistics, decision analysis, risk adjustment, and cost effectiveness analysis) and theory (e.g. economics, psychology, and systems theories) to address relevant questions.  Second, it focuses on providing an extensive knowledge-base in substantive areas related to the institutions, structures and functioning of the U.S. healthcare system.  The dissertation process focuses on producing rigorous scientific thinkers who can integrate these skills and knowledge to identify and address vital research questions, and who can create, test, and use theory-based, policy and clinically relevant, explanations of important healthcare phenomena.

Message from the Director

Our PhD program in Health Services Research and Policy started in 1994.  Since then, through coursework and research practice, we have focused on developing rigorous science-based reasoning skills, training students to identify significant healthcare problems and to create corresponding theory-based explanations and consequent policy interventions.   Through the course of study in the program, our students publish their research on access, quality, and cost-effectiveness of health care services to inform policy and practice.  They regularly present posters and podium presentations at major conferences.  Our alumni have gone on to jobs such as faculty positions at Duke, Yale, Brown, other universities around the US, RAND, other think tanks and consulting firms, and government positions such as in the Department of Health and Human Services. 

Because we keep the program at a moderate size, students enjoy an intimate learning environment in which they can easily interact with the faculty.  Moreover, because we are situated in a Department of the Medical School, and have strong collaborative ties to hospital and clinical departments, the program accrues a distinct educational advantage for those seeking a career focused on health services research at the provider organization level and the point of care.

If you are interested in this program or exploring its potential for meeting your needs, please feel free to contact me. I will be more than happy to discuss the program with you.



Peter J. Veazie, PhD


Peter J. Veazie, PhD

Chief, Division of Health Policy and Outcomes Research

Director, Health Services Research and Policy Doctoral Program

Department of Public Health Sciences

University of Rochester Medical Center

Contact Information



Office phone: (585) 273-5464

Administrative assistant: (585) 275-8784


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For more information and details on how to apply please visit the Office for Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs.